Feeling Left Out

Keep Right

There was an interesting article recently in the DT Finance and Jobs section, about left handed people and the possible link to lower earnings (amongst other things).

As a ‘leftie’ myself it was somewhat disturbing to read that one’s dexterity can potentially lead to 10% lower income.

The article started off nicely, pointing out some of the great people of history who were left handed such as; Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Albert Einstein, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford and Pelé.

All these are men, so I Googled more famous left handed people and found two pages – from The Guardian and from Left-Handed.co.uk with a few more examples including (for balance); Marie Curie, Joan of Arc, Queen Mother, Paula Radcliffe and Martina Navratilova.

Then it went on to point out how historical words for left have taken on less than flattering meanings;

“During the Middle Ages, left-handed writers were thought to be possessed by the Devil, generating the modern sense of the word sinister from sinistra, the Latin word for left. The English word left itself comes from the Old English lyft, meaning idle, weak, or useless. The French word for left, gauche, also means clumsy or awkward.”

Finally, however, came my salvation.  The research showed that if you are a left hander born of a left handed mother you do not suffer “cognitive deficits” – happily my Mum is also left handed . . . phew!



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